Oh that's just Hollywood destroying a good book as usual. The original Steven King short story (in the "Night Shift" collection) was one of his best works. Most people who didn't like the film object to the ending but the short story doesn't actually have one - leaving it to the readers imagination. The only Stephen King book to ever translate well to screen was the mini-series "The Stand" but it's nearly impossible to find.WombatTheUnstoppable wrote:EDIT - also watched 'The Mist'
Pretty good for such a stupid plot.
The problem with every Stephen King movie is the same. His books almost entirely rely on "psychological tension" as the driving force behind their horror and the hacks who produce his movies are universally incapable of translating that to screen (The Shining and Misery were about as good as it gets in that respect).
Cases in point:
- The BOOK "The Running Man" was about a big-brother state where rich citizens abuse their neighbours for entertainment and the poor compete in dangerous gameshows to pay their debts. The main character has to run from CIA-style bounty hunters for a month while the public is encouraged to dob him in. It concludes with a "9/11" style event. The FILM is a shit action flick where wrestlers in tights hunt Arnie in an arena.
- The SHORT STORY "The Lawnmower Man" was about a psycho who runs around his backyard naked, running over gophers with a lawnmower. The MOVIE was about a retard getting godlike powers from using a lame virtual reality system too much ???? <- WHAT THE FUCK HOLLYWOOD?
Serously, do not watch Stephen King films but take the time to read at least one of his short stories before judging the quality of his stories' plots. I recommend:
* Any story in "Night Shift" collection (esp. the Mist, The Graveyard Shift)
* Any Story in "Skeleton Crew" (esp. Mrs. Todd's Shortcut, The Jaunt)
* Any story in "The Bachman Books" collection (esp. The Long Walk, The Running Man, Rage)
* The Stand
* Under The Dome